Court to determine competency of man charged with shootings near Michigan State
A 34-year-old man charged in two fatal shootings minutes apart near Michigan State University will undergo tests to determine if he is competent to stand trial.
District Court Judge Richard Ball on Tuesday ordered Ricard Taylor to be evaluated at a state psychiatric facility. The Lansing State Journal reports the request for testing was made through an agreement involving prosecutors and defense lawyer Keith Watson.
Taylor is charged two counts of murder and five gun-related charges.
Police say 35-year-old pharmacist Michael Addo of Mason was killed on May 12 at a Rite Aid store in Lansing Township. Shot minutes later at his East Lansing home was 27-year-old Jordan Rogers.
Taylor lived next door to Rogers. Taylor was arrested following a standoff in connection with both shootings.